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Mon 19 Feb
Waterfall Trail Hike
Monday, February 19, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

This will be about a 4+ mile hike with some ups and downs, making this a nice, scenic loop. We will start at the Lake Bonita parking lot and head over to the Waterfall trail. From there we will hike to the Western ridge trail to the Lake Ann trail. This will take us back to Lake Bonita where we will head back to the parking area. Program fees apply.

Mon 19 Feb
Waterfall Trail Hike
Monday, February 19, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

This will be about a 4+ mile hike with some ups and downs, making this a nice, scenic loop. We will start at the Lake Bonita parking lot and head over to the Waterfall trail. From there we will hike to the Western ridge trail to the Lake Ann trail. This will take us back to Lake Bonita where we will head back to the parking area. Program fees apply.

Mon 19 Feb
Family Snowshoe
Monday, February 19, 2018 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join the Environmental Educator for a fun snowshoe lesson and short hike to look for signs of wildlife in the park. Patrons are invited to warm up next to the fire with a mug of hot cocoa after the hike. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Space is limited for this event and registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

Registration: Required
Wed 21 Feb
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Though challenging this hike is about 2.5 miles round trip. You will be climbing about half way up the mountain range and walking through some special places our educator will point out as well as stop to enjoy. Please bring water on this hike. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 793-0511. Program fees apply.

Wed 21 Feb
Red Oak Ridge Hike
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Though challenging this hike is about 2.5 miles round trip. You will be climbing about half way up the mountain range and walking through some special places our educator will point out as well as stop to enjoy. Please bring water on this hike. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 793-0511. Program fees apply.

Thu 22 Feb
Snow Day! at Thacher Nature Center
Thursday, February 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Join us for some snowy winter fun! Activities for school-aged children include a snowshoe walk, relay races and outdoor scavenger hunt. Afterwards, come inside and warm up with hot chocolate. This program fills up fast, please call 518-872-0800 to register and reserve your snowshoes.

Thu 22 Feb
Snow Day! at Thacher Nature Center
Thursday, February 22, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Join us for some snowy winter fun! Activities for school-aged children include a snowshoe walk, relay races and outdoor scavenger hunt. Afterwards, come inside and warm up with hot chocolate. This program fills up fast, please call 518-872-0800 to register and reserve your snowshoes.

Thu 22 Feb
Hike and Find Winter Bingo
Thursday, February 22, 2018 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Enjoy an easy snowshoe hike around the Creekside Classroom and explore the park's winter environment. Participants will go out in search of the items on their bingo sheet while also learning more about the winter world around them. This program is designed for children ages 5 to 12. This event is free. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000 Ext. 111 to register.

Registration: Required
Thu 22 Feb
Bark up a Tree
Thursday, February 22, 2018 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Come walk your leashed and friendly dog on this easy 2-3-mile hike. We will start at the office. Trail subject to change according to weather and trail conditions. Please call to reserve your spot 24-hour advanced notice at 518-793-0511. Program fees apply.

Thu 22 Feb
Bark up a Tree
Thursday, February 22, 2018 01:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Come walk your leashed and friendly dog on this easy 2-3-mile hike. We will start at the office. Trail subject to change according to weather and trail conditions. Please call to reserve your spot 24-hour advanced notice at 518-793-0511. Program fees apply.

Fri 23 Feb
Kids Ice Fishing
Friday, February 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Ever wonder how to ice fish? Come on down to Moreau for a lesson. No equipment needed participants will get a pole in their hand and maybe even reel up a fish or two! Registration is necessary, please call 793-0511. Fees apply.

Registration: Required
Fri 23 Feb
Kids Ice Fishing
Friday, February 23, 2018 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Ever wonder how to ice fish? Come on down to Moreau for a lesson. No equipment needed participants will get a pole in their hand and maybe even reel up a fish or two! Registration is necessary, please call 793-0511. Fees apply.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
Ice Fishing Clinic at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, February 24, 2018 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Learn all about ice fishing at a free clinic co-hosted by NYS DEC, Albany County Conservation Alliance, and NYS Parks. DEC will supply some bait and tackle, but experienced anglers are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear. After a short lesson on the basics of ice fishing and filleting your catch, anglers will try their luck on the ice. Volunteers will be on hand throughout the day to assist participants on the ice. A warming area and refreshments will be available. Rain date is February 25. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Sat 24 Feb
Ice Fishing Clinic at Thacher Nature Center
Saturday, February 24, 2018 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Learn all about ice fishing at a free clinic co-hosted by NYS DEC, Albany County Conservation Alliance, and NYS Parks. DEC will supply some bait and tackle, but experienced anglers are encouraged to bring their own fishing gear. After a short lesson on the basics of ice fishing and filleting your catch, anglers will try their luck on the ice. Volunteers will be on hand throughout the day to assist participants on the ice. A warming area and refreshments will be available. Rain date is February 25. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Sat 24 Feb
Mineral Springs Tour
Saturday, February 24, 2018 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a docent on a guided mineral springs tour to learn about the history, geology and lore surrounding our special waters! No registration necessary. This is a free event. Please use the southern Route 50 entrance to enter the park. Take your second left onto Geyser Loop Road to reach the classroom.

Sat 24 Feb
Family Snowshoe
Saturday, February 24, 2018 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Meet at the park office for a snowy adventure with your family. Kids and adults snowshoes available for rental. Beginners welcome! $3/person, $10/family of 4 or more. Pre-register: 518-279-1155.

Registration: Required
Sat 24 Feb
John Boyd Thacher, Wampum, and the NYS Museum at Thacher Visitor Center
Saturday, February 24, 2018 02:00 PM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

In 1989, the NY State Museum (NYSM) repatriated 22 wampum belts to the Onondaga Nation, including four belts originally purchased by John Boyd Thacher. Exhibition, drama and a lawsuit marked Thacher's tenure as "owner" of the belts, which eventually entered the NYSM collections via Emma Treadwell Thacher. Today, the NYSM works to cultivate relationships with Native American communities through repatriation as well as growing a collection of contemporary Native American Art. Presented by Dr. Gwen Saul, anthropologist at the New York State Museum. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Sat 24 Feb
Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides
Saturday, February 24, 2018 02:00 PM - 06:00 PM
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
(518) 565-6051

Sleigh rides are available every Saturday 2 to 6 PM also February 14 the 2 to 6 pm
Special rides can arranged by request. For further information please contact the country dreams farm at www.adirondacksleighrides.com or (518)565-6051

Sat 24 Feb
Winter Wildlife Snowshoe Exploration
Saturday, February 24, 2018 02:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Take a short snowshoe hike to search for tracks and other signs of wildlife in the park! No registration necessary. This is a free event. Please use the southern Route 50 entrance to enter the park. Take your second left onto Geyser Loop Road to reach the classroom.

Sat 24 Feb
John Boyd Thacher, Wampum, and the NYS Museum at Thacher Visitor Center
Saturday, February 24, 2018 02:00 PM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

In 1989, the NY State Museum (NYSM) repatriated 22 wampum belts to the Onondaga Nation, including four belts originally purchased by John Boyd Thacher. Exhibition, drama and a lawsuit marked Thacher's tenure as "owner" of the belts, which eventually entered the NYSM collections via Emma Treadwell Thacher. Today, the NYSM works to cultivate relationships with Native American communities through repatriation as well as growing a collection of contemporary Native American Art. Presented by Dr. Gwen Saul, anthropologist at the New York State Museum. Call 518-872-0800 for more information.

Sun 25 Feb
Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Park
Sunday, February 25, 2018 10:00 AM
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

Shake off the cabin fever and come up for a snowshoe walk. If we don't have snow, we'll take a winter hike. Snowshoes are available to rent. Call 518-872-0800 to register and reserve snowshoes.

Sun 25 Feb
Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Park
Sunday, February 25, 2018 10:00 AM
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

Shake off the cabin fever and come up for a snowshoe walk. If we don't have snow, we'll take a winter hike. Snowshoes are available to rent. Call 518-872-0800 to register and reserve snowshoes.

Sun 25 Feb
Mineral Springs Tour
Sunday, February 25, 2018 11:00 AM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a docent on a guided mineral springs tour to learn about the history, geology and lore surrounding our special waters! No registration necessary. This is a free event. Please use the southern Route 50 entrance to enter the park. Take your second left onto Geyser Loop Road to reach the classroom.

Sun 25 Feb
Snowshoe Hike
Sunday, February 25, 2018 02:00 PM
Saratoga Spa State Park
(518) 584-2535

Join a naturalist on a two-mile guided snowshoe hike through some of the most picturesque areas of the park. No registration necessary. This is a free event. Please use the southern Route 50 entrance to enter the park. Take your second left onto Geyser Loop Road to reach the classroom.

Tue 27 Feb
Potters Point Hike
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park
(518) 793-0511

Join a Park Educator on this easily navigable and trail free parcel of the park. There will be beautiful views of the Hudson River and some neat natural wonders to explore. This is a flat, bushwhacking hike. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Fees apply.

Tue 27 Feb
Potters Point Hike
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center
(518) 793-0511

Join a Park Educator on this easily navigable and trail free parcel of the park. There will be beautiful views of the Hudson River and some neat natural wonders to explore. This is a flat, bushwhacking hike. Reservations are required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Fees apply.

Wed 28 Feb
Sunset & Moonrise Hike at 5:30pm
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 05:30 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Gather at the Shaver Pond Center (194 Shaver Pond Road) for this free evening hike. Please bring a flashlight. Space is limited, must pre-register by calling 518-279-1155.
Registration: Required
Wed 28 Feb
February Book Discussion
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 06:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

We will be meeting at Harvest Brewing (201 South St., Bennington, VT) February 28 at 6:00 PM to discuss Buckskin Pimpernel by Mary Beacock Fryer. No charge to attend, food and drink available for purchase.

Fri 02 Mar
Moonlight Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Park
Friday, March 2, 2018
Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center
(518) 872-0800

(Call 518-872-0800 for details.)

Fri 02 Mar
Moonlight Snowshoe Walk at Thacher Park
Friday, March 2, 2018
Thacher State Park
(518) 872-0800

(Call 518-872-0800 for details.)

Sat 03 Mar
Predators on the Plateau
Saturday, March 3, 2018 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Coyote, fox, and mink work hard all winter to survive. Learn about these Plateau predators at the park office and come prepared for a walk outside. $2/person or $5/family. Pre-register: 518-279-1155

Registration: Required
Sat 10 Mar
Backyard Maple Sugaring at 1pm
Saturday, March 10, 2018 01:00 PM
Grafton Lakes State Park
(518) 279-1155

Ever wonder how maple sugar goes from sap to syrup? Meet at the park office to learn how you can make syrup at home. Tasty samples for all! $2/person, $5/family. Pre-register: 518-279-1155

Registration: Required
Sun 11 Mar
Bridge Position Tour
Sunday, March 11, 2018 01:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Tour the center of the battlefield where fighting was as, if not more, intense than the dragoon redoubt at the marked hilltop. Group will park in front of the Caretakers House and meet under the flag pole.

Fri 16 Mar
Movie Screening
Friday, March 16, 2018 05:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

We will be showing a movie with a Revolutionary War theme in the caretaker's house. Guests are invited to bring their own refreshments. The event is free and open to the public

Tue 20 Mar
First Day of Spring Hike
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 01:00 PM
Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site
(518) 860-9094

Celebrate the first official day of spring with a hike of the Battle Loop Trail (1 mile). (Weather permitting.) Hiking boots and warm apparel suggested. Group will meet at the main parking lot of the hilltop.

Sat 31 Mar
Moonlit Hike
Saturday, March 31, 2018 07:30 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Enjoy the park trails under the moonlight. Please call the Park at (518) 732-0187 to register, and check-in at the program. We will leave at 7:30pm, so please come early enough to check-in. The walk will cover about two miles of fairly easy terrain. Please dress appropriately for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes.

Sat 28 Apr
Moonlit Hike
Saturday, April 28, 2018 07:30 PM
Schodack Island State Park
(518) 732-0187

Enjoy the park trails under the moonlight. Please call the Park at (518) 732-0187 to register, and check-in at the program. We will leave at 7:30pm, so please come early enough to check-in. The walk will cover about two miles of fairly easy terrain. Please dress appropriately for the weather, and wear sturdy shoes.

Sat 02 Jun
Intro to Beekeeping
Saturday, June 2, 2018 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Have you ever wanted to learn about beekeeping? Maybe you're interested in making your own honey. Stop by the Max V. Stage for an Intro to Bee Keeping seminar with Dean Haskin from Mickle Hollow Maple. Dean will discuss the various aspects of how to start and maintain a bee colony and the items you will need. You will get an up close and personal experience with all the materials professional bee keepers use!

Camper education programs are the first Saturday of every month. This event is free to the public. No registration is required. For more information please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Fri 15 Jun
Moonlit Owl Hike
Friday, June 15, 2018 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

We're back with another (warmer) Moonlit Owl Hike! We'll trek out and hike around the park to look and listen for one of nature's most elusive and gorgeous creatures. Bring your best owl call, we will practice some of our own to try and get some owls to talk with us.Pre-registration is not required and this event is free to the public. Please leave your pets at home for this event.

Fri 29 Jun
Fireside Jams
Friday, June 29, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Ready to relax and have some dinner by the fire? Meet us at the fire ring by the Max V. Stage for Fireside Jams, and acoustic campfire music session. All instruments, dance moves, and singing voices are welcomed! Meet some new friends and discover some new talent.

Fireside Jams is held the last Saturday of every month at 7 PM. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Wed 04 Jul
Americana Classic Cruise-In
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 01:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Join us at the mid-level pavilion for an afternoon filled with classic cars! Mine Kill State Park will be hosting a classic car cruise-in. Afternoon will include food, music, a "People's Choice" award for first, second, and third place, as well as other fun games and prizes! No registration is required. For more information, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Sat 07 Jul
Mine Kill Kayaking
Saturday, July 7, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Interested in kayaking but not sure where to start?

Take our Smart Start Kayak Course! During this course, you will learn the basic strokes and maneuvers to successfully paddle on calm, flat water. We have many diverse kayaks available for rent for $10.00. Bought your own kayak already? That's fine too! You can take the Smart Start course for FREE. Sign up today as there are a limited number of spaces!

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. No walk-ins will be allowed. PFD's are REQUIRED. Children must be 10 years of age to kayak on their own. Accommodations can be made for younger children. Please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 to register or for more information.

Registration: Required
Fri 27 Jul
Fireside Jams
Friday, July 27, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Ready to relax and have some dinner by the fire? Meet us at the fire ring by the Max V. Stage for Fireside Jams, and acoustic campfire music session. All instruments, dance moves, and singing voices are welcomed! Meet some new friends and discover some new talent.

Fireside Jams is held the last Saturday of every month at 7 PM. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690

Sat 04 Aug
Mine Kill Kayaking
Saturday, August 4, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Interested in kayaking but not sure where to start?

Take our Smart Start Kayak Course! During this course, you will learn the basic strokes and maneuvers to successfully paddle on calm, flat water. We have many diverse kayaks available for rent for $10.00. Bought your own kayak already? That's fine too! You can take the Smart Start course for FREE. Sign up today as there are a limited number of spaces!

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. No walk-ins will be allowed. PFD's are REQUIRED. Children must be 10 years of age to kayak on their own. Accommodations can be made for younger children. Please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 to register or for more information.

Registration: Required
Sat 25 Aug
Adventure Kayaking
Saturday, August 25, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Come Adventure Kayaking with Mine Kill! Depending on water levels, participants will get the chance to paddle up the Schoharie Creek on a guided tour. You'll see amazing sights from different soil types, aquatic invasives, bald eagles, fish, rock formations, small waterfalls, and more!

Kayaks are available to rent for $10.00. Personal kayaks or canoes are permitted for free. All participants are required to wear an approved and fitting PFD that will be checked by staff. Participants must be 10 years of age or older. Arrangements can be made for younger children but please call ahead. Pre-registration is REQUIRED; no walk-ins will be allowed. Flip-flops are not allowed. Please wear sneakers, water shoes, or closed toe sandals. Barefoot is not recommended.

For more information or to sign up, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Registration: Required
Fri 31 Aug
Fireside Jams
Friday, August 31, 2018 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Ready to relax and have some dinner by the fire? Meet us at the fire ring by the Max V. Stage for Fireside Jams, and acoustic campfire music session. All instruments, dance moves, and singing voices are welcomed! Meet some new friends and discover some new talent.

Fireside Jams is held the last Saturday of every month at 7 PM. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Sat 01 Sep
Mine Kill Kayaking
Saturday, September 1, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Interested in kayaking but not sure where to start?

Take our Smart Start Kayak Course! During this course, you will learn the basic strokes and maneuvers to successfully paddle on calm, flat water. We have many diverse kayaks available for rent for $10.00. Bought your own kayak already? That's fine too! You can take the Smart Start course for FREE. Sign up today as there are a limited number of spaces!

Pre-registration is REQUIRED. No walk-ins will be allowed. PFD's are REQUIRED. Children must be 10 years of age to kayak on their own. Accommodations can be made for younger children. Please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 to register or for more information.

Registration: Required
Sat 01 Sep
Wildlife Wonders with Ranger Raid
Saturday, September 1, 2018 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Take a walk outside your door. What do you hear? Maybe a tweet, a howl, a growl? What do you see? A nest, a track, a piece of fur, or a feather? Have you ever wondered what those sounds were or who those tracks belong to?

Wildlife Wonders with Ranger Raid will discuss the various species of NY and their behaviors, appearances, habitats, tracks, calls, and other aspects. This is a hands-on learning experience with gorgeous full body taxidermy displays of coyotes, bobcats, black bears, white-tail deer, owls, and more. Pelts, bones, skulls, feathers, and other items will also be on display for participants to touch and inspect. You don't want to miss this opportunity to get up close and personal with the wildlife from your area.

This event is free to the public, pre-registration is not required. For more information please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Mon 24 Sep
Moonlight Kayaking
Monday, September 24, 2018 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

Back by popular demand, Mine Kill is hosting another moonlit paddle! Participants will get the chance to paddle around the reservoir and if the water is high enough, we might even be able to paddle up the creek. This is a great way to have some fun, test your skills, and listen for some wildlife on a nice relaxing night. Canoes are welcome to join!

Space is very limited, so sign up fast! Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Participants must be 10 years of age or older. Kayaks are available to rent for $10.00. No alcoholic beverages are permitted. PFD's are REQUIRED and must be worn AT ALL TIMES. For more information or to sign up, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Registration: Required
Fri 28 Sep
Fireside Jams
Friday, September 28, 2018 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Max V. Shaul State Park
(518) 827-4711

Ready to relax and have some dinner by the fire? Meet us at the fire ring by the Max V. Stage for Fireside Jams, and acoustic campfire music session. All instruments, dance moves, and singing voices are welcomed! Meet some new friends and discover some new talent.

Fireside Jams is held the last Saturday of every month at 7 PM. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the park office at (518) 827-8690.

Sun 14 Oct
Fall Paddle
Sunday, October 14, 2018 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Mine Kill State Park
(518) 827-6111

John Burroughs once said "How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days." If you want to witness some beautiful Autumn colors, sign up for our Fall Paddle Tour! We'll paddle up the Schoharie Creek if the water level allows and witness the bright yellows, reds, and oranges, that signal the changing of the seasons. This is a relaxing, quiet tour for patrons who need to rent a kayak, or have their own. Sign up today as there are a limited number of spaces!

We have many diverse kayaks available for rent for $10.00. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. No walk-ins will be allowed. PFD's are REQUIRED. Children must be 10 years of age to kayak on their own. Accommodations can be made for younger children. Please call the park office at (518) 827-8690 to register or for more information.

Registration: Required